We are just back from 12 wonderful days in Spain, and all I can think about is the man on the message board that compared Spain to California and laugh. What a beautiful country!!!. We arrived in Barcelona
and stayed at Rey San Juan which was away from everything but only 2 blocks to the metro....loved Las Ramblas...then we flew to Malaga and stayed at Hotel Riu Nautilus in Torremelinos
which was ok but was for the older crowd...loved being on the ocean...everything was so cheap there it was incredible...we didn't know it but the price of our room included breakfast and dinner and it was a really nice buffet..we hit all the little seaside bars here and met some really nice people....we then drove to Cadiz which I didn't care for, then on to Seville
which I loved and stayed at Hotel Hespería Sevilla
which was near the train station and right in the middle of a shopping area and only blocks from a small little barrio with a lot of good restaurants...we love Flaherty's by the cathedral and ate there a couple of times....the Cathedral was very impressive...We then took the train to Madrid
and stayed at Hotel Intur Palacio San Martin
, which was very stuffy until we told them we needed windows and they gave us a corner room with 2 windows looking onto both squares...and again this hotel was in the middle of everything....I have to admit after ready the message board I was terrified of pick pockets but knock on wood no problem. My poor husband even filled an empty wallet with paper and put in his back pocket and nothing and we were in some heavy crowds...So, I think Spain is like any other country you just have to be careful anywhere. The history in Spain is incredible, the country is beautiful and any nationals can be really proud of there country..Thank you for sharing it with us!!!